Lake Albert is the seventh largest lake in Africa and therefore it is among Africa’s great lakes. The lake is found in the Albertine rift, western branch of the East African rift and its Trans boundaryresource between Uganda and DR Congo.
According to a recent meeting with oil companies and CSOs in Kampala, an estimated 450,000 cubic metres of water will be need every day to run the oil and gas production. And it’s also estimated that 165,000 cubic metres will be need for domestic use, and 200,000 cubic metres for irrigation scheme for food production.
The rate will increase as production starts and one cubic metre contains 1,000 litres of water. This has caused fear among local communities, considering that majority depend on Lake Albert for fishing, farming, habitant for aquatics life, and domestic use.
Environment Impact Assessments are usually carried out on such projects but by their nature, they offer no guarantee of safety. They are essentially a way to reduce dangers and ensure that adequate procedures are in place to mitigate damage.